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Vending machine in Ukraine sold shots of vodka instead of coffee

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Authorities in Ukrainian city of Melitopol are investigating how a vending machine that is supposed to sell coffee dispensed vodka instead. (iStock)

How's this for a jolt?

A vending machine in the Ukrainian city of Melitopol that is supposed to sell coffee was jerry-rigged to dispense shots of vodka instead----at about $1 a pop.  The BBC reports, citing the state-owned Interfax-Ukraine TV channel, that the machine also sold an array of fruit juice mixers. 

While this may seem amusing to some, authorities don't find the tricked-out machine funny. Ukrainian tax collectors are reportedly looking for the person or people behind the "wonder machine" --as it has been called--on suspicion of illegally trading in alcohol.

Interfax-Ukraine noted that illegal alcohol trade in Ukraine is a serious problem, with an estimated 35 percent of vodka sold in the country in 2012 being unlawfully produced.